Pirates rally past Dodgers to cap sweep

Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:06am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was able to sum up Pittsburgh's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in one word.

"Wow."

Rookie shortstop Kang Jung-ho's three-run home run capped a nine-run seventh inning, and center fielder Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs, as the Pirates rallied for a 13-6 victory to complete a sweep of the Dodgers.

The Pirates swept a three-game series from the Dodgers in Pittsburgh for the first time since May 31-June 2, 1999, at the since-demolished Three Rivers Stadium.

"This is the type of the team we are," McCutchen said. "We don't quit. We never think we're out of a game."

Kang greeted right-handed reliever Joel Peralta with his ninth homer of the season after the Pirates scored eight runs in two-thirds of an inning off righty reliever Jim Johnson (3-4).

Kang was hit by pitches in his two previous plate appearances.

"Sometimes, you've just got to put a foot down, and Jung-ho did that with the home run," Hurdle said.

McCutchen's homer came with a runner on in the fifth inning. The blast drew the Pirates within 5-3. The All-Star center fielder hit a two-run single during the big seventh inning that put Pittsburgh on top 12-5.   Continued...

 
Aug 9, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) celebrates at the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports